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Gore Mountain

The entrance to Gore Mountain Ski Area on Peaceful Valley Road in Johnsburg is seen.

JOHNSBURG — A third day of testimony is planned Friday in the trial of a North Creek man who is accused of falsely claiming he was stuck on a Gore Mountain Ski Center ski lift overnight last ski season.

Defendant Isaac Hyde started testifying Thursday, and was to return to the witness stand Friday during the trial in Johnsburg Town Court.

Hyde was charged with misdemeanor making a false statement three weeks after he claimed he was left on a lift overnight March 31-April 1. His lawyer, Marc Zuckerman, has said Hyde did not lie about what happened, and he refused a plea deal that would have required him to plead guilty to a reduced charge.

So a trial began this week before acting Johnsburg Town Justice Eric Schwenker. Hyde opted for a bench trial, with the judge deciding whether he is guilty instead of a jury.

Zuckerman said his client did not initially intend to sue over the incident, but after he was arrested decided to go forward with civil action in the state Court of Claims, as Gore is owned by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority.

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